Courage to Be Safe resources
In March 2004, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation put together their 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives - Everyone Goes Home program, as part of their Courage to be Safe initiative. It was created to ensure the safety, and long lives, of all fire protection personnel.
On Oct. 20, 2010 the Texas Commission on Fire Protection adopted this initiative and has required all certified fire protection personnel to complete this program by Dec. 1, 2015 (See 435.25). We believe this program will save lives and we want you to make these practices a priority in your departments.
Take the course
Sources for the training include:
Learn more to keep your team safe
Our library newsletter has focused on some of these 16 Life Safety Initiatives over the last year or so, and will continue do so over time. Check out these newsletters to find more information about each initiative and to learn about related resources available to you free of charge from our library.
Certification and professional development
A brief introduction to the commission's certification and professional development program.
The commission offers 40 certifications or certification "levels" (i.e., basic, intermediate, advanced, etc.). This chart provides links to the requirements for each certification and each level.
A form to verify a certified individual's certification status.
Overview of the requirements to become certified as an entry-level fire fighter in the State of Texas.
How to determine how many hours of continuing education are required to renew.
Information and FAQs for individual certificate holders. (Individual certificate holders are those who are not affiliated with a regulated department.)
Guidelines for transferring out-of-state or military fire protection certifications to Texas.
A-list and B-list courses for higher levels of certification.
Sources of continuing education.
Resources and links to more information about the Courage to Be Safe program.
Resources and links to more information about the required traffic safety program.